Heidi Heitkamp

While faking concern for the 'best' science, Congress launches an attack on environmental regulations

While faking concern for the 'best' science, Congress launches an attack on environmental regulations

The Republican attack on science, never far beneath the surface even during the Obama administration, has been gathering steam since the election.

Recent sallies have clothed this campaign, which is largely aimed at killing regulations that industry doesn’t like, in the mantel of a defense of “smarter” science. The idea ostensibly is to ensure that the science underlying environmental and health regulations is transparent, fully vetted, and indisputable.

But that’s deceptive: The real goal of bills introduced in the House and Senate is to make it easier for industry to tie up the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal bodies in court for months or years. The bills...

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